Fish Car Era 1873 ~ 1947
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member plainsdrifter358
N 44° 28.836 W 103° 51.875
13T E 590293 N 4925881
Quick Description: Spearfish, SD fish hatchery and museum has a replica of a railroad fish car which were used to carry over 72 billion fish across more than 2 million miles of track.
Location: South Dakota, United States
Date Posted: 2/5/2007 12:43:04 PM
Waymark Code: WM16XR
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member MNSearchers
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Long Description:
Each year the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service transports over 300 million fish from National Fish Hatcheries in tanker trucks filled with refrigerated, oxygen-aerated, and constantly circulated and cleansed water. Fish Car EraIn the 1870s, however, the science of fish culture was still young. The U.S. Fish Commission, established in 1871, had few transportation options when it began raising fish for our Nation's rivers, lakes, and coastal waters. Fish culture pioneers soon devised a way to safely carry fish for long distances by using railcars that were remodeled or specifically constructed for this work. Fish cars, similar to the replica you see here, were used as the fastest, most efficient means of transporting fish eggs and youong fish to their final destinations across the country. By the 1940s, with the invention of the internal combustion engine and the development of highway road systems, fish cars were replaced by moder tank trucks which were more efficient to operate. What is a Fish CarIn 1881, following several successful transportations of fish by rail, the U.S. Fish Commissions decided to construct a 'fish car' that was specifically designed to carry fish. This railroad car was reinforced so that it could carry 20,000 pounds of fish, water, and equipment at passenger car speeds. The U.S. Fish Commission operated eleven cars, and many states also owned their own cars. Fish Car #3 was constructed in 1884 and used until 1929. Fish Car #3 could carry about 150 10 gallon cans which contained approximately 15,000 3-in fish. Cars could haul fish as long as ten days with only 1% losses. Fish Car #3 Replica ExhibitD.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery recognizes that the Fish Car Era is a tremendously important piece of the history of fish culture in the United States. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service purchased and retrofitted this car as a replica of Fish Car #3. The project was funded by grants from the Department of Transportation, the Booth Society, the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, and thousands of vlunteer hours.
Marker Name: Fish Car #3 Replica Exhibit

Marker Type: City

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